New York Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Serious injuries are extremely painful and can be crippling and potentially life-threatening. Oftentimes, a severe injury comes with long-term complications that require costly medical attention. If you've suffered as a result of an accident caused by the negligence of another individual or entity, an experienced lawyer can help you recover financial compensation for your injuries.

At Block O'Toole & Murphy, our lawyers have dedicated their careers to fighting for injury victims and have built years of experience handling accident claims. Since 2012, no other law firm in New York has recovered more verdicts and settlements that exceed $1,000,000 than Block O'Toole & Murphy. We are here to help you and your loved ones recover the financial compensation you deserve to move forward after a devastating accident.

In 2016, Block O'Toole & Murphy attained 4 of the 5 Highest Settlements in all of New York State for personal injury victims. To speak with a qualified attorney, please call 212-736-5300 for a FREE confidential consultation.

Our firm has recovered over $1 billion for our clients, including a $32.7 million verdict for a man who required nursing home care and emergency surgery due to the severe brain damage he sustained in a pedestrian-car collision.

Types of Serious Injuries

Injuries that are considered catastrophic, due to the significant impact they have on their victims, can range from severe burns to serious neurological disorders. Catastrophic injuries often involve the disruption of the brain and central nervous system, which in turn affects many other body parts and systems. Victims with serious injuries may require long-term medical care, extensive rehabilitation and daily assistance to perform even the simplest tasks.

Serious injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Head Injuries, including TBI
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year, at least 1.7 million Traumatic Brain Injuries occur in the United States. Head and brain injuries commonly result from motor vehicle accidents and are the cause of thousands of deaths each year. For those that survive a traumatic brain injury, most will develop long-term physical, cognitive, behavioral and social problems.
  • Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injuries
    A spinal cord injury is typically caused by a sudden impact to the spine which dislocates or fractures the vertebrae. Most spinal cord injuries are sustained in auto accidents, but can also result from falls or sporting accidents. A spinal cord injury, such as quadriplegia or paraplegia, can render a victim immobile or unable to perform even the most basic tasks.
  • Back Injuries
    Often the result of workplace accidents or motor vehicle crashes, back injuries most commonly develop in the lower back. Common back injuries include strains, sprains, fractured vertebrae and herniated discs. Back injuries can cause pain and limit the patient's movement and are commonly treated with pain relievers, icing, physical therapy and surgical procedures.
  • Traumatic Amputations
    A traumatic amputation is one that happens as a result of an accident. Traumatic amputations usually occur as a result of car crashes, product malfunction, or work accidents, particularly in the construction industry. Oftentimes, amputations occur as a result of limbs being crushed, burned, or exposed to harsh chemicals in accidents. The most common types of amputation involve the fingers followed by arms and legs. Since amputations are permanent, the accident victim continues to live with the limitations caused by the loss.
  • Crush Injuries
    Crush injuries often have long-term effects such as nerve damage, amputation, multiple fractures, and other severe injuries. A crush injury can also result in crush syndrome, which is a medical condition characterized by kidney failure and major shock.
  • Internal Organ Damage
    Organs are vital in ensuring regular and healthy body functions. As such, organ damage can lead to serious complications. Since the injuries are internal, organ damage may not be immediately noticeable. Victims suffering injures to their kidneys, spleen, bowels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and other organs may likely need surgical attention or organ transplants if their organs are beyond repair.

Other types of personal injuries that can have a devastating effect on a victim include internal bleeding, fractures, burn injuries, blindness, loss of fetus, and nerve damage.

Effects of Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury can impact a variety of body systems including the circulatory, skin, urinary, respiratory and nervous systems. Managing the effects of a catastrophic injury can be costly and often requires a team of experienced health care professionals including doctors, therapists, nurses, counselors and surgeons. Clearly, the long-term needs of a patient with a serious injury far surpass those with minor injuries. While some injury victims may recover with immediate medical care, others may face permanent disability, reduced life expectancies and life-long pain.

Often, the long-term complications associated with catastrophic injuries do not surface until years after the original accident. For instance, injured children may experience problems as they grow, necessitating surgeries or other medical procedures to accommodate their growth. Likewise, a burn injury victim may need continual reconstructive surgeries for several years after their original accident.

NYC Serious Injury Attorneys with a Sterling Track Record

An experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the long-term effects of a catastrophic injury will be better equipped to ensure their clients receive the compensation they need to undergo necessary medical procedures while remaining financially afloat.

Block O'Toole & Murphy has attained over 300 case results exceeding $1,000,000 each. Notable verdicts and settlements include*:

  • $32,756,156 Jury Verdict in Long Island case for Vietnam veteran who sustained severe brain damage and hip fractures after he was struck by a car
  • $22,500,000 Settlement for driver who had to undergo 26 surgeries after his car was involved in a head-on collision in Westchester County
  • $14,000,000 Settlement in Nassau County case for 23-year-old motorcyclist who had to sustain a below-the-knee amputation after he was struck by a truck
  • $13,500,000 Settlement for a pedestrian who suffered blunt force trauma to the head, body, and limbs after a car struck her in Suffolk County. She sustained multiple fractures and a traumatic brain injury.
  • $12,000,000 Settlement for Manhattan worker who fell approximately 40 feet on the job and suffered severe neurologic and orthopedic injuries. He was rendered completely blind in one eye.
  • $12,000,000 Recovery for Brooklyn pedestrian accident victim who suffered multiple fractures and organ injuries, including a lacerated liver.
  • $10,875,000 Settlement for a union laborer who fell and was impaled on a steel bar in Brooklyn, New York. As a result, he suffered serious internal injuries which required multiple surgeries.
  • $9,950,000 Settlement for a social worker who had to sustain an above-the-knee amputation of her left leg after she was struck by a van in Buffalo, New York
  • $9,792,412 Jury Verdict in Supreme Bronx case for a medical malpractice victim who suffered a stroke while undergoing brain surgery. As a result, he sustained partial left foot paralysis and left arm paralysis.
  • $9,263,326 Jury Verdict for taxi cab passenger with spinal injuries, including radiculopathy and lumbar nerve damage after he was involved in a 3-car collision
  • $8,800,000 Settlement for a pedestrian who suffered a traumatic brain injury, nerve damage, and broken ribs after she was struck by a vehicle in Ozone Park, Queens

To learn more about our recoveries in personal injury cases, please visit our Verdicts and Settlements page.

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If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, we can determine whether you are eligible to recover financial compensation for medical bills and other damages. Simply fill out our FREE case review form and we will evaluate your claim, at no cost to you.

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*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.